For those who advocate for cuts in defense spending know a few things first: 1) our military is our best foreign policy tool in the toolbox of diplomacy - from both a stick and carrot perspective. The stick is self-explanatory. From a carrot perspective, it is used to maintain relationships across the globe with our partners through jointly conducted exercises and interoperability training. No other entity, to include our State department has the reach of our military. Talk with Ambassadors around the world based in our parter countries and you'll find them asking for more military exercises and exchanges. Conversely, talk to the Ambassadors in countries not considered partners and you'll find the exercises mentioned above serve as a significant deterrent not only to our homeland, but the partner country. For those that think deterring aggression in a partner country is not important than please look back through the annals of history - an unstable world is not good for economics among other things. 2) It is our selfless National Guardsmen and women that respond to all the disasters and crises across our country on a daily basis - States pay very little for the cost of these forces. 3) The military also provides young men and women an opportunity to serve their country while gaining a valuable life skill. These young men and women return to their communities and the workforce better prepared for life's challenges. For those advocating that we spend it on education- do a fact check, this is a State responsibility - call your governors.